What people were saying Saturday at the US Open

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) What people were saying Saturday at the U.S. Open: ”I’ve wanted to do that many times. I should have done it several times at Augusta on 15.” – Phil Mickelson after he intentionally swatted a moving putt on the 13th green, invoking a 2-stroke penalty that gave him a 10 on the hole. — Article continues below … ”It’s something you might see at your club with your mates. It was strange, no one ever has those thoughts, it just happens.” – Mickelson’s playing partner, Andrew Johnston,…

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Key hole in 2nd round of US Open

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) A look at the key hole in the second round of the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills. Hole: 8 Par: 4 Article continues below … Yardage: 448 Stroke Average: 4.1 Rank: 9 Ian Poulter was within a shot of the lead playing his 17th hole of the day when he made a triple bogey. His 7 on the hole left Dustin Johnson with a four-shot lead midway through the Open.

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Johnson sets a daunting target at US Open

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) Dustin Johnson used the long ball to show how much was going his way in the U.S. Open. Only it was the putter, not the driver. Johnson capped off another solid round in testing conditions at Shinnecock Hills with a 45-foot birdie putt on the par-3 seventh that dropped on its final turn. He made only one bogey, was rarely out of position in the stiff breeze and light rain, and posted a 3-under 67 to set a daunting target for the late starters Friday. Article continues…

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Key hole in 1st round of US Open

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) A glance at the key hole in the first round Thursday of the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills: Hole: 14 Par: 4 Article continues below … Yards: 536 Stroke Average: 4.8 Rank: 1 The hardest hole on the course took a toll on players, including co-leader Dustin Johnson, who made bogey, and Tiger Woods, who made double bogey. Rory McIlroy also made 6 on the hole.

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US Open begins on old course with a new look

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) The U.S. Open has begun on a century-old golf course with a new look. Harold Varner hit the opening tee shot on a gorgeous Thursday morning at Shinnecock Hills, using a fairway metal to hit a fairway that was some 60 yards wide in the landing zone. He still watched it anxiously, only because a marshal unaware the U.S. Open had started ambled across the fairway, and broke into a sprint when he heard the ball land near him. Scott Piercy and Matthieu Pavon of France also…

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The Latest: Clever groups for the US Open

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) The Latest on the U.S. Open, golf’s second major championship of the year (all times local): 1 p.m. Rickie Fowler couldn’t have found a better athlete than Tom Brady to play a round of golf with two days before the U.S. Open. Article continues below … After all, Brady owns five Super Bowl rings and three NFL MVP awards. Who better to have around as Fowler seeks his first major championship? Fowler, Brady, Phil Mickelson and a few others played a round at nearby Friar’s Head on…

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Tiger Woods’ digs for the week is more than a dinghy

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) Tiger Woods brought his yacht, Privacy, to a U.S. Open in New York and missed the cut for the first time in a major. That was 12 years ago when the Open was at Winged Foot. He can only hope for a different outcome at Shinnecock Hills. Article continues below … ”Staying on the dinghy helps,” Woods said with a grin. The 155-foot yacht is said to include a Jacuzzi, gym and movie theater. It doesn’t sound as though Woods has spent much time ashore except for…

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From the ice to the green, NHL ref makes US Open debut

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) Garrett Rank is trading skates for spikes on a stage far larger than anything he has experienced. No one plays Shinnecock Hills on ice. This week is not about blue lines and high-sticking. It’s about green fairways and lag putting. Article continues below … Rank’s day job ended two months ago when he finished working the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. That left Rank, an NHL referee for the last three years, enough time to qualify for his first U.S. Open. ”The reaction from the…

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Weekend Sports in Brief | FOX Sports

HORSE RACING NEW YORK (AP) Justify defied all the odds on his way to achieving Triple Crown immortality. The late bloomer won the Belmont Stakes by 1} lengths on Saturday, giving the sport its 13th Triple Crown champion. American Pharoah ended a 37-year drought in 2015 and now just four years later, racing is celebrating another sweep of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont. Article continues below … Justify began his racing career on Feb. 18, a scant 77 days before the Derby. He won his first three races by…

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Players arrive for US Open with high praise for Shinnecock

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) Shinnecock Hills was a lot bigger than Graeme McDowell expected. But not too big. McDowell was among those who began preparing Sunday for the U.S. Open on a course where golf first was played in 1891, and where the U.S. Open was last played 14 years ago. He had never been out to the Hamptons – ”Only as far as Bethpage, if that’s even considered part of Long Island,” he said – and his imagination told it would be a golf course tucked in among high-end real…

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